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Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).
     The Architecture Of Leon Battista Alberti In Ten Books. Of Painting In Three Books And Of Statuary In One Book; [Supplement] Some Designs for Buildings Both Publick and Private by James Leoni Architect. [Woodcut vignette].
London, Printed by Thomas Edlin. 1726
Translated Into Italian by Cosimo Bartoli. And Now First Into English, And Divided Into Three Volumes By James Leoni, Venetian, Architect; To Which Are Added Several Designs Of His Own, For Buildings Both Public And Private. Vol. I.-[III.] [Woodcut vignette] [Same in Italian]; [Supplement] [Same in Italian]; Folio. 3 v. and supplement in 1 v. 297 leaves. 103 engraved plates, versos blank. Vol. I: [i-xiv], [1]-103 leaves. Frontispiece, [9] full-page plates numbered: Pag. 9, 16, 32, 39, 41, 48, 52, 54, 71. Vol. II: [i-ii], [1]-130 leaves. [58] full-page plates numbered: Pag. 11 (No. 1-4); 13; 14; 19 (No. 1-4); 20; 26; 27; 30; 31; 32 (No. 1-2); 33 (No. 1-2); 34; 35 (No. 1-2); 36 (No. 1-3); 40 (No. 1-3); 43 (No. 1-6); 57; 60 (No. 1-4), No. 4 double-page); 62; 63 (No. 1-2); 64 (No. 1-2, No. 2 double-page); 68 (No. 1-3, No. 3 double-page); 70; 71; 72 (No. 1-4); 74 (double-page); 89; 105; 111 (No. 1-2). Vol. III: [i-ii], [1]-34 leaves. [8] full-page plates numbered: Pag. 2; 3; 4 (No. 1-2); 9; 15; 31; 32. [Supplement]: [i-viii], 1-6 leaves. 1-27 plates (7 full-page, 11 double-page, 8 folding; pl. 15 lacking). Woodcut tailpieces, initials. 44.5 cm. 17 1/2 in.; Contents: Vol. I: engraved frontispiece, verso blank; leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [iii] recto: privilege; leaf [iii] verso: blank; leaf [iv] recto and verso: Leoni's dedication; leaf [v] recto-[vi] verso: subscribers; leaf [vii] recto-[x] verso: Alberti's preface; leaf [xi] recto-[xiii] verso: Raphael du Fresne's life of Alberti; leaf [xiv] recto and verso: list of Alberti's works; leaf [1] recto-103 verso: text, Book I-V, with [9] plates bound in. Vol. II: leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [1] recto-130 recto: text, Book VI-X, with [58] plates bound in; leaf 130 verso: blank. Vol. III: leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [1] recto-34 verso: text of La Pittura and La Statua, with [8] plates bound in. [Supplement]: leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [iii] recto: Leoni's dedication; leaf [iii] verso: blank; leaf [iv] recto-[viii] verso: preface; leaf 1-6 recto: description of plates; leaf 6 verso: additional subscribers; followed by pl. 1-27; Notes: The first edition of the first English translation. The English and Italian text are in parallel columns and the title pages are dated 1726, although some of the plates in the first three volumes are dated 1727 and a few in the supplement 1729. The allegorical frontispiece and the more elaborate plates were engraved by B. Picart, with a few signed by J. Harris and J. Cole. The plates, drawn by Leoni (1686-1746), were developed from those of the 1550 edition (No. 6) and, except for those of the supplement, are bound in the text. As well as the page numbers described above, usually in the upper left corner of the plate, the book number is also given in the upper right corner. There was a later edition of this translation in 1739 and again in 1755. Bookplate of Charles John Shoppee and an inscription on the flyleaf: Jno. and Moses Morill Junr. His Book 1755. Eighteenth-century English sheepskin.
     Reel: 3, No. [11]

Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).
     L'Architectvre Et Art De Bien Bastir du Seigneur Leon Baptiste Albert, Gentilhomme Florentin, diuisée en dix liures, Traduicts de Latin en François, par deffunct Ian Martin, Parisien, nagueres Secretaire du Reuerendissime Cardinal de Lenoncourt.
A Paris, par Iaques Keruer, Libraire iuré, demourant aux deux Cochetz, Rue sainct Iaques. Auec priuilege du Roy. 1553
Folio. 239 leaves. [i-viii], 1-228 leaves (i.e. 231: 1 unnumbered leaf between leaf 166-167; 2 unnumbered leaves between leaf 184-185, including woodcut illustrations. Woodcut headpieces, initials. 33 cm. 13 in.; Contents: leaf [i] recto: title page; leaf [i] verso: oval woodcut portrait of Alberti; leaf [ii] recto: dedication by Denis Sauvage to Henry II, on behalf of the translator, Jean Martin; leaf [ii] verso-[iv] recto: verses to Jean Martin by Ronsard and others; leaf [iv] verso: Politian's dedication to Lorenzo de Medici; leaf [v] recto: Paulus Jovius and Jean Vital on Alberti; leaf [v] verso: privilege, dated 1551; leaf [vi] recto-[viii] recto: table of contents; leaf [viii] verso: Latin verse by Franc. Charpilletus at the tomb of Jean Martin; leaf 1-228: preface and text, Book I-X, ending with colophon; leaf 228 verso: woodcut printer's device; Notes: First edition of French translation. The title page has a woodcut strapwork border with figures, masks, etc., and the small mark of Kerver at the top. This volume, beautifully printed in roman type with charming headpieces and initials, was published after the death of Jean Martin, whose translations of Serlio (No. 303) and of Vitruvius (No. 403) had appeared previously. Somewhat more than half the illustrations are based on those of the 1550 edition (No. 6); the rest are largely derived from Serlio's Book III and the 1521 and 1548 editions of Vitruvius. The one unnumbered leaf, inserted between leaf 166-167, is an illustration of the lower part of a tower. Unlike the Italian editions of 1550 and 1565 (No. 8), the designs of the upper parts of the towers are included in both the signatures and pagination. The two unnumbered leaves, the double-page plan of the Baths of Diocletian, are between leaf 184-185. The large unicorn device of Jacques Kerver II, verso of leaf 228, first appeared in this edition of 1553. The mark on the shield is similar to that used by other members of this family of printers since 1497 (H.W. Davies, Devices of the Early Printers, London, 1935, p. 252). Berlin Catalog 2553; Brunet I, 131; Cicognara 374. Old vellum.
     Reel: 2, No. [7]

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